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How to Add Custom Vent Covers to Sliding Doors | Repurposing an old Door

Hi guys!  Today I wanted to share with you our recent re-purposing project.  When we first bought our house, 3 years ago (can you believe it?) we wanted to make some changes to our living room.  One of the changes was to update and add lighting since there was non previously (See my awesome hubby adding lighting in picture below).  We also sanded the floors and shined them all up real purdy like too. We removed wall paper and painted the walls, which looks awesome by the way ;).

How to add vent covers to old doors | hipncreative.wordpress.com

I had this idea to change the look of our old doors by removing the old slats and adding some awesome metal vent covers to the doors to give them a modern look.  So after discussing it with the hubs, we figured out a way to do just that.

So here is our step by step tutorial on how to add vent covers to sliding doors:

Materials you will need:

  • Metal Vent Covers (I found mine at Home Depot)
  • Wood filler
  • Window trim
  • small square wooden dowels
  • paint of your choosing (to paint wood doors) *optional
  • Spray paint (to paint vent cover) *optional

What you will need on hand:

  • Jigsaw
  • flat surface to work with
  • time and patience (lots and lots)
  • nail gun and finishing nails (Home Depot)
  • lots and lots of patience!

First thing we did was remove the sliding doors from the doorway and very carefully cut the slats out leaving the door frame intact.  Next my husband filled the holes where the slats were with wood filler.

While the wood filler was drying, he measured, cut and spray painted the metal vent covers (we used Rustoleum white paint).  After letting the wood filler completely dry (it took about 30 minutes), he carefully sanded all the doors until they were smooth.

Next he framed the front of the door with window trim, this will help the metal vent covers stay in place so it won’t pop out.  Next using a nail gun, we nailed the vent covers to the door.  We also added a small wooden dowels to the back of the doors.  This helped to hide the nails as well as provided extra back support for the metal vent covers not to slip out when opening and closing the doors.

Once we were happy with how the doors looks and works, we primed and painted the door.  We wanted to keep the doors white so priming and painting was pretty easy.  Once the paint dried, we replaced the doors back in it’s frame and done.  I have to admit this project was not an easy project and if your not that skills with air pressured machinery, this project is not for you.  It’s time consuming and you need a lot of patience as well as some carpentry knowledge.

I thank God my hubby is very talented and we were able to get this sucker done.  I really couldn’t have done this without his help.  Until next time my friends!

**UPDATE: A year later and our door is perfect!  Even though it was A LOT of work, it was so worth it!  My husband and I are still  in love with this project and are proud we DIYed this makeover, our first of many projects!

Awilda https://www.hipncreative.wordpress.com

 

How to REUPHOLSTER A CHAIR AND BACK CHAIR | hip ‘n creative

It has been one crazy month of getting things knocked off my list!  And I cannot believe that I finally am at a point in my life where I can get back to working on some home renovations!  I have a huge punch list of things we need to get done and I am so super stoked to be getting things underway!

On my previous post you’ll see that we made some really awesome Floating Shelves (come check them out if you haven’t done so)  I absolutely love them and have already decorated them for the Holidays.  I am in the process of making some inexpensive Decor DIYS that I’ll share with you soon but I did want to share with you my reupholstered dining room chairs!  These babies needed a makeover, badly.  I’ve had my dining room for about 12 years and it has been loved, and loved hard.  Although I did not take any before pictures (too embarrassed to share – just imagine 12 years of juice and food spills, and strange stains that appear out of nowhere) I have a pretty awesome video on my youtube channel that may inspire you to reupholster your chairs too!

Full disclosure:  I am not a professional reupholsterer so please if you decide to recreate this project do so with caution!  Some tools we used for this project is dangerous and you can hurt yourself!  With that being said come check out my video where I share a step by step instruction on how we brought life back to our chairs!

And don’t forget, if you decide to recreate this project, please share your work on instagram and tag me @hipncreative! I would love to see your work!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll see you again soon!

xo,
Awilda

 

3 Easy and Affordable Christmas Ornament Tutorial | Hip ‘n Creative

christmas ornamentsWhat’s up guys!  I hope your having a wonderful week so far!  Today I wanted to share with you 3 super easy, fun and affordable DIY Christmas Ornament Tutorial.  I think they are so cute and I love it so much!

Pipe Cleaner Wreath Ornament

The first Christmas Ornament is a simple, yet elegant Pipe Cleaner Wreath.  What you will need for this project:

  • 4 pipe cleaners
  • pencil
  • ribbon *optional
  • rhinestones or other embelishements *optional
  • glue gun & glue

Directions:  Grab a pipe cleaner and wind it around the pencil as tightly as you can.  Then smoosh the pipe cleaner, do this to all three stems.  Then take the 4th pipe cleaner and thread it through the coiled pipe cleaners.  Next twist the threaded pipe cleaner to make the circle of the wreath.  Now is the fun part, decorating your wreath.  You can use ribbons, rhinestones, etc.  Now glue your embelishments.

glitter ball ornament

Next is the Cute and Simple Glitter Ornament.  What you will need:

  • Ornament of your choosing
  • Glue Dots
  • Glitter

All you have to do is adhere the glue dots onto the ornament and dip on glue.  That’s it super easy right?!

Snowflake Ornament

For our final DIY ornament project we will be creating Hot Glue Snowflake.  What you will need for thei project:

  • Glue Gun and Glue
  • Snowflake patter or freehand
  • parchment paper *to keep glue from sticking

This project is the easiest and the neatest in my opinion.  All you have to do is “draw” a snowflake onto parchment paper and add glitter.  You need to be super quick about it or the glue will dry before you can add the glitter.  Another alternative is to use spray paint.  Wait for the glue to dry (a few seconds) and spray with your choice of spray paint.  That’s it.

I hope this tutorial was super helpful.  As before, I made a video tutorial on my youtube channel showing you step by step my simple how to.  If you create this project, I would love to see it.  Be sure to post it on instagram tagging me @hipncreative.  I’d love to see your awesome work!

Until soon!

xo,
Awilda